3:23pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Religion

Bishops Launch 2-Week Campaign Against Health Law

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 6:40 am

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, shown speaking at the state Capitol in Hartford, Conn., in 2009, is the head of the U.S. bishops' Fortnight for Freedom campaign.
Jessica Hill AP

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops launches what it's calling the "Fortnight for Freedom" on Thursday — two weeks of praying and fasting because the bishops believe the church's religious freedom is being threatened by the Obama administration's health care policies.

"This is the first time that I've felt personally attacked by my government," parishioner Kathleen Burke says after a service at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda, Md.

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2:59pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

PHOTOS: A Scene From A Greek Wildfire

A Roma boy stands at a burnt Roma encampment, where the fire broke out in the industrial zone of Athens on Wednesday.
Angelos Tzortzinis AFP/Getty Images

We were stunned by the photographs coming out of a wildfire near Athens today. They were taken by Angelos Tzortzinis after a fire that burned inside an air force base.

The AP moved a story about it, earlier today. But Tzortzinis found that the fire had also affected an encampment of Romas and took these haunting images for the Agence France Presse:

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2:50pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Some Zoo Animals Drown Because Of Flooding In Minnesota

Minnesota is seing the worst flooding in decades. Heavy flooding in Duluth caused the evacuations of homes and also caused the death 11 zoo animals at the Superior Zoo in Duluth.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that two seals escaped from their exhibits. MPR reports:

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2:21pm

Wed June 20, 2012
U.S.

In Indiana, A U.S. Superhighway May Hit The Skids

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 10:18 am

Construction of I-69 is under way across much of southwestern Indiana, but funding to finish the project, which ultimately will stretch between Canada and Mexico, is dwindling.
Wes Akers

The story of the so-called NAFTA Superhighway is long and winding — and without a new influx of funds, the end of the road may still be a long way off.

When complete, Interstate 69 would pass through eight states and provide a direct route through the Midwest between Canada and Mexico.

Most of the states along the route are upgrading existing roads to interstate standards. Indiana, in contrast, must build almost 100 miles of entirely new road for its portion of the project.

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1:47pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

When 'Madagascar' Meets Children's Claritin

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 2:23 pm

One of the Madagascar 3-themed activities for kids touted on Merck's Claritin Facebook page.
Facebook

Merck is catching flak for marketing Children's Claritin with cute cartoon characters from the latest installment in the Madagascar movie series.

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1:47pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Salt

Survey Says Apple Pie Rules, But There's Lots Of Room For Variety

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:52 am

Pies, before and after the NPR pie contest on Tuesday.
Benjamin Morris NPR

We are a nation that puts apple pie above all other pies, and yesterday's survey confirms our audience falls right in line when it comes to the forbidden fruit. But that's not the whole scoop on popular pies.

As we reported yesterday, top American pies bought in the store are apple, pumpkin, cherry, blueberry, and Dutch apple.

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1:23pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

House Committee Cites Attorney General Holder For Contempt

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 1:46 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder during congressional testimony in 2011.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Acting along partisan lines, with a vote of 23 to 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted this afternoon to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Republicans, who control the committee, say Holder's Justice Department has not turned over all the documents that the committee needs to see as it probes the so-called Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation.

And they want to know more about why the Justice Department initially told a senator that it had not pursued such an operation.

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1:14pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Saving Calif. State Parks: The End Of Public Funding?

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 3:23 pm

Brad Beadell (right) takes his 11-year-old son, William, on his first backpacking trip through Henry W. Coe State Park in Morgan Hill, Calif.
Melissa Block NPR

On July 1, 15 California state parks are slated to be closed permanently to the public — the first such closures in the state's history. They're the victim of budget cuts in a state with a $16 billion shortfall.

Over the past year, park enthusiasts have scrambled to save dozens of parks from closure, including Henry W. Coe State Park, California's second-biggest state park, located about 30 miles south of San Jose.

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1:11pm

Wed June 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Death Toll In Nigeria Reaches 98 After Church Attacks, Reprisals

Reprisals after three church bombings on Sunday have continued in Nigeria, and The Associated Press reports the death toll has reached 98.

The AP adds:

"A rescue services official said more than 98 people have died since Sunday after a trio of church bombings sparked reprisals in Kaduna state. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to journalists.

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12:15pm

Wed June 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: La Pena

For today's local music we are featuring La Pena Community Chorus of Berkeley. While their songs use folk traditions, the lyrics are usually about contemporary social injustice throughout Latin America. The chorus is performing a benefit concert at La Pena Cultural Center on Saturday (06.23) at 8pm, marking the center’s 37th anniversary.

 

 

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